Sailing Logic Awarded RORC Schoolboat of the Year for Record 10th Year

Posted: 11th November 2014

The Port Hamble Marina based sailing school, Sailing Logic, have been awarded the prestigious David Fayle Memorial Trophy for the "Schoolboat of the Year" for a record breaking 10th consecutive year, by the Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC).

This accolade is awarded to the RYA approved training centre which scores the highest number of points in the RORC IRC Championships throughout the season. This year, Sailing Logic’s brand new Beneteau First 40 'Arthur Logic' is the highest scoring school yacht!

Sailing Logic was founded by Allie Smith in 1993 with the purpose of providing opportunities for people to access the sport of yacht racing. Allie comments “I am so proud that Sailing Logic has retained the trophy for a record breaking 10th year! Over this time we have worked really hard to get hundreds of people involved in offshore yacht racing, and this award proves that there is a place for everyone, even novice racers, in this competitive sport!”

Nick Martin who skippered Arthur Logic for most of the 2014 racing season added “It is an amazing feeling to win this trophy. Most of the races Arthur Logic competed in were part of Sailing Logic’s Round Ireland Race campaign. Our crew met each other for the first time in May, many of them having never raced offshore before!  It is a steep learning curve for most people and fantastic that a newly formed team can compete with regular race crews and get on the podium too!”

It is a great achievement for a single sailing school to consistently demonstrate such good race results, and speaks volumes about the quality of training, yachts, skippers and first mates used by Sailing Logic in their race campaigns.

In addition to running the full RYA syllabus, Sailing Logic has developed its own unique race training courses and offers race places for individuals in many race events, including RORC race weekends, the RORC Caribbean 600 and Rolex Fastnet Race!

The trophy will be presented to Sailing Logic at the RORC Prizegiving Dinner on Saturday 15 November in London.

For more information about RYA training or yacht racing opportunities with Sailing Logic visit www.sailinglogic.co.uk.


Prize Draw Launched for 2015 Round the Island Race

Posted: 6th November 2014

What better incentive to compete in the annual Round the Island Race in 2015 as the ISC launches Prize Draw for three free entries!

Organised annually since 1931 by the Island Sailing Club (ISC), the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race is one of the most iconic and best loved yacht races in the world, taking place annually on one day in June and starting and finishing in Cowes, Isle of Wight. The Race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and some 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and one of the largest participation sporting events in the UK.

Competitors come from all over the UK, from other parts of Europe and from as far away as Australia and the USA to race the 50 nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron 'line' in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes. The Race provides a unique opportunity to watch world-renowned sailors racing against families and first timers. For those not competing, the Island and the South coast have many great vantage points to watch the Race unfold, such as the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth, Hurst Castle, and The Needles.

To entice you to enter this extraordinary yachting extravaganza, the ISC is running a PRIZE DRAW TO WIN ONE FREE ENTRY TO NEXT YEAR’S RACE ON 27TH JUNE!

The Draw, OPENING ON 10th NOVEMBER, will have one entry up for grabs on each of 9th January, 6th February and 6th March. So go for it and tick off another item on your to do list!

For more details on how to to enter, please visit http://rtir.me/entries.

Good luck!

If your Prize Draw entry doesn’t get drawn, never fear! You can still enter the Race from 00.01 on 9th January 2015.


London Boat Show 2018

From 10th January 2018 until 14th January 2018

The new 5 day London Boat Show is a celebration of everything you can do on the water. Re-defined and re-imagined, this year’s world-famous show is set to be better than ever.

Climb aboard classic boats and modern yachts, pick up the latest marine technology, and spend quality time with some sailing legends.

Bringing a world of inspiration, on water experiences and exclusive deals, the London Boat Show 2018 will be packed with global, national and boutique brands, first looks, loads of retailers and even unique opportunities to get on the water indoors.

Come and visit us on the Which Marina? stand, WE012.

For More Information
Call: 01784 473377
Email: National Boat Shows
Website: http://www.londonboatshow.com

Free Storage Offer

From 1st November 2014 until 31st March 2015
S. D. Marine, Hamble Point Marina
If you buy one of the boats S. D. Marine Ltd have available for sale at Hamble Point Marina, you qualify for free storage ashore until 31st March 2015. This gives you the opportunity to purchase the boat you want, have it stored over the winter before preparing for the new season. Helping you to cut the cost during the expensive months of winter. Call us for more details on 023 8045 7278.

WhisperPower Piccolo 4Kva Marine Generator

From 13th October 2014 until 31st December 2014
Sailfish Marine, Shamrock Quay
Special introductory price on this compact and quiet running marine generator New! WhisperPower Piccolo 4Kva variable speed marine generator - special introductory price of £3,695.00 plus VAT and delivery until the end of December 2014. We're also offering special prices on installation packages. Full details can be found on our website.

10% Discount on Winter Lay Up & Service

From 10th October 2014 until 30th November 2014
Golden Arrow Marine, Shamrock Quay
IT’S TIME TO WINTERISE It may seem odd with the sun not long gone down at the end of a fantastic summer of boating, but it’s time to think about winter servicing and winterisation. Winter service is essential to the long term health of a marine engine no matter what size or type or how much use it has had. During use the oil absorbs contaminants and condensation from the combustion process and the harsh environment in which it operates. This contaminated oil should be removed and replaced with fresh clean marine grade lubricating oil and the best time to do this is before the winter layup. Leaving contaminated oil in the engine over the winter will lead to greater wear and tear and reduced engine life. Combining an end of season service with winterisation is the best care you can give your engine to maintain your investment. Arranging your winter service and winterisation now takes away the worry and sleepless nights when the weather forecasters predict a sudden cold snap. If you also book your recommissioning at the same time you can be sure your boat is up and running when you want it at the start on next season. For bookings received before the end of November 2104 we are offering 10% discount on parts used. So whether you have an outboard motor, a yacht auxiliary or a pair of high performance diesel engines it is time to get your winter maintenance booked. And don’t forget the generator if you have one fitted, they need the same maintenance as a propulsion engine.

RNLI Lifejacket Clinic at Hamble Point Marina

On the 19th October 2014

Are your lifejackets safe? Learn useful tips on how to choose, fit and maintain your lifejacket.  Bring along your lifejacket to a free RNLI Lifejacket clinic at Hamble Point Marina on 19th October between 10am and 3pm.

We will also have our Flare Amnesty running on the same day.

For More Information
Call: 023 8045 2464
Email: Hamble Point Marina
Website: http://www.RNLI.org/seasafety

MDL Supports the Hamble Big Boat Championships as Lead Sponsor

Posted: 2nd October 2014

The MDL Hamble Big Boat Championships 2014 will run on Saturday 11th/Sunday 12th October and Saturday 24th/Sunday 25th October.

The event, held across two weekends when there is high water on the central Solent plateau, is renowned for close, competitive racing.  It regularly attracts a top grand prix race fleet from across the Solent, all seeking an exhilarating end to the season. 

The MDL Big Boat Championships offer 4 races each Saturday and 2 each Sunday.  Racing, under the experienced eye of Race Officers Jamie Wilkinson and Stephen Parry, is offered for Farr 45 and J/111 as one design and IRC rated boats with a minimum TCC of 1.040. Other One Design Classes with a minimum IRC TCC of 1.040 that can muster a minimum of six entries may also apply for a class start. Please contact HRSC to discuss.

Dean Smith, Operations and Marketing Director, MDL said: “MDL Marinas is delighted to be the lead sponsor for this year’s Hamble Big Boat Championships. The series is a natural fit with MDL – being based just offshore from our Hamble Point Marina and involving much of the local community. MDL Marinas works hard to encourage young people to become active in sailing, working with the Ocean Youth Trust South to give deserving young people the chance to participate in the sport, so it’s great to be involved in another fantastic sailing event. We’re all looking forward to some great racing action over the coming weeks.”

The MDL Big Boat Championships are celebrating their 8th edition this year and have grown over the years to become a key component of the Garmin Hamble Winter Series. Prize giving is at 3.30pm each Sunday race day at Hamble River Sailing Club, which offers a warm welcome, hot food and competitively priced beer!

For more information and to enter: hamblewinterseries.com.


PSP Southampton Boat Show Highlights

Posted: 25th September 2014

It was great to welcome so many berth holders and visitors to our stand at the PSP Southampton Boat Show. We hope you had a fantastic time and enjoyed our hospitality, and we look forward to seeing you at our marinas very soon.

It was certainly an action packed 10 days, where we welcomed over 4,500 visitors to our stand, served just under 7,000 drinks (many of them containing alcohol!), and we hosted a number of great events, all in the lovely September sunshine.

Here’s a quick snapshot of some of the highlights of the show...

  • We raised over £2,000 for Ocean Youth Trust South, which will go towards the brilliant work they do and their initiative to raise money for a new boat – thank you to those of you who made additional donations at the bar!
  • We welcomed five young people to our stand who were presented with their MDL Sail Training Awards by Lord Iliffe, Chairman of MDL’s parent company. The awards, which have been running for over 20 years, offer admirable young people - carefully selected due to their exceptional accomplishments, or for overcoming adverse personal circumstances – the opportunity of a lifetime aboard the training yacht. The five deserving young people returned from a trip at sea for six days in April this year in and around our marinas.
  • Dave Wilson, AKA “Dogfish Dave” presented a cheque to Heroes on the Water for £637.20 following the fantastic annual fishing competition at Cobb’s Quay earlier this year.
  • We LOVED all of your Selfies... and taking a few of our own... thanks to all of you who got involved in the campaign! 
  • We presented the winners of our annual photo competition, with MDL’s Photographer of the Year being presented to Neil O’Donoghue, who took a stunning landscape picture at Torquay Marina and will receive a one-day photographic shoot and tuition session with Brendan Fitzgerald of Fitz Marine Photography. The winning image in the under-16s competition was captured at Brixham Marina – a beautiful sunset taken by Dan Parrish. Dan received the brand new Nikon COOLPIX AW120 digital camera.
  • We rewarded our green fingered marinas as part of MDL in Bloom with Saxon Wharf in Southampton sweeping the board, scooping the ‘X’ Factor title, best hanging baskets and the coveted best overall award thanks to a hanging boat from a hoist which was the deciding factor that put the marina in the top running.
  • On Friday 19th September our international team hosted an ‘Italian Day’, with boat owners given the chance to uncover the many advantages of berthing and visiting our Italian Marinas – two exciting new additions to our Mediterranean network – Marinara in Ravenna and Marina di Stabia in the Bay of Naples.
  • We received a fantastic response to Freedom Berthing and lots of enquiries to berth at our marinas next season – we look forward to welcoming you, our valued berth holders, as well as seeing some new faces over the coming months.


We hope you enjoy the rest of the season and we look forward to seeing you over the coming months. Just a quick reminder we will also be at the London Boat Show from Friday 9th January and hope to see many of you there too!

Happy Boating from all the team at MDL.


Young People Rewarded at MDL Sail Training Awards

Posted: 17th September 2014

Six deserving young people who won a place on this year’s MDL Sail Training Awards voyage were officially presented with their trophies yesterday at the PSP Southampton Boat Show by Lord Iliffe, Chairman of MDL’s parent company. The youngsters returned from their trip earlier this year after spending six days at sea with the Ocean Youth Trust South.

The MDL-sponsored awards, which have been running for over 20 years, offer admirable young people - carefully selected due to their exceptional accomplishments, or for overcoming adverse personal circumstances – the opportunity of a lifetime aboard the training yacht.  

Joining a team on board the ketch John Laing were Callum Archibald, 14 from Basingstoke, 13-year-old John Bratherton, from Fordingbridge, Erin Sutton, 14, and Jodie Beckham, 13, both from Totton, Oscar Perkins, 13, from Brixham and 15-year-old Robert Jelley from Romsey.
 
The week-long round trip, from Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, saw them plotting their intended course and getting involved with all elements of sailing. During the voyage the participants also had the opportunity to obtain the Competent Crew certificate, an RYA recognised qualification.

Eamonn Feeney, Managing Director at MDL Marinas, commented: “Our Sail Training Awards are a very important initiative for us and we have so far helped well over a hundred young people to experience something truly exceptional. We are big supporters of the work of Ocean Youth Trust South and it’s fantastic that they can reward these youngsters with such a brilliant adventure that really does give them skills for life. We look forward to meeting this year’s winners and presenting them with their awards.”

For more photos of the presentation, please click here.


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